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, and an official in the near east division all resigned. the report called security in benghazi grossly inadequate to deal with the attack. >> clearly the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. >> reporter: the investigation found that senior state department officials ignored requests from ambassador stevens for more guards and security upgrades at the compound. the report also says the state department did not have a clear picture of the security situation in benghazi and should have realized the compound was a target. it criticized libyan militia who were assigned to protect the post. they disappeared during the attack. other failings include an inadequate number of state department security agents and a lack of technical staff. security cameras sat unused because no one knew hoto install them. >> the buildings did not meet department standards for office buildings in high-threat areas. and in a sense they fell through the cracks. >> reporter: it was not reasonable for hillary clinton, he said, to have knowledge of the specific se
it. >> reporter: republicans challenged rice's explanation of the september 11th attack in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stevens and three others. republicans charged that the administration knew it was a planned terrorist attack. >> it is clear the information she good faith american people was incorrect. >> reporter: rice testified behind closed doors, but her critics were unrelenting. >> bottom line i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice does not do justice to the reality at the time and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. >> reporter: last month the president defended rice with a rare flash of public anger. >> when they go after the un ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me. >> reporter: today in a phone conversation with the president rice bowed out. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive. >> reporter: president ob
injuries. >>> a new report on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi blasts higher ups at the state department for leaving the mission vulnerable. the review boert said systematic -- board said systematic failures led to insecurities. the panel's report acknowledged that the siege was unanticipated and found no cause for disciplinary action. >>> a news crew from nbc is safe tonight after spending five days in captivity in syria. the network says reporter richard engel, his cameraman and producer were freed when a rebel group killed two of their kidnappers at a checkpoint. the network said the team was bound and blindfolded but not harmed. there was no claim of responsibility or ransom demands. >>> the fiscal cliff is now just two weeks away. john boehner rolled out plan b. he'll take his plan directly to the house floor with a bill to extend the low bush era tax rates for all americans making less than $1 million a year. democrats are calling the plan a farce. >> we do not have a balanced plan when the president is calling for $1.3 trillion in revenue and only willing to put $850
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